Happy Holidays Divas!

2015 aheadI love this time of year. I love that we set aside a few days to spend with family. I love the change in season; the first snowfall. I love that I am part of a company that is empowering women with better period care options.

Similar to last year, 2014 has been an amazing year for The DivaCup!

We’ve grown in size and reach and will continue to do the same throughout 2015.

As our projects begin to unwind and holidays draw near, I want to personally thank all our Divas for their support not only this year, but since we first began the company over ten years ago.

The Diva Team has experienced some incredible moments in 2014!A few highlights include… in addition to our gains in distribution across Canada and the United States, we have expanded our reach to include the United Kingdom! We filmed our first television commercial and aired it across North America this past fall. And we’ve reached over 10,000 health educators worldwide, helping to educate even more women about The DivaCup and sustainable period care.

Although we are pausing for the holiday season, we have some incredible plans for 2015 that we cannot wait to share with the Diva Community!

Happy Holidays from our families to yours

Francine-Signature

 

 

& The Diva Team

*** For all our Divas in Canada and the United States be sure to visit our Facebook page tomorrow (Friday December 19, 2014) at 12 noon (EST) for a chance to enter Day 12 of the 12 Days of Diva! In addition to winning a DivaCup and DivaWash you can also enter to win a $500 gift card to… Be sure to “Like Us” so you don’t miss out!

Diary of a Diva: Now a DIVA!

Stephanie D 1My name is Stephanie and I am now a DIVA!

In reality, I am simply a 27 year old trying to keep up with the big city in which I live. Constantly on the go, running to catch connecting trains and busses to get to my job that entails working long hours in a production kitchen. Not always sure when I can take a break, it is always a guessing game as to which product to use. Do I go with a pad, a tampon, or both?! Then there is the dreaded moment when you finally get a bathroom break and realize that you forgot your “lady kit” at home. I knew that there were more options aside from pads and tampons, but when I first saw The DivaCup at a yoga trade show over 2 years ago I thought it was a CRAZY idea!

Not for me, no thank you!

However, over the years I’ve become more health conscious, attended school for holistic nutrition and those philosophies have begun to cross over into my personal care items. I finally took the plunge, bought myself a DivaCup and on day one I found myself saying again “this is CRAZY! Not for me, NO way!”

Stephanie-DDespite a rocky start I woke up optimistic on day 2, gave myself a pep talk, and discovered that YES!!! This DivaCup is for me!!! We didn’t have a perfect relationship in the early days but by the end of that first period with Diva* we were best buds. Once the friendship was established there have been no leaks, no fuss, no worries!!! On my heaviest days I pair The DivaCup with a Lunapads pantyliner, but found I have not needed the backup, even after an 8 hour shift on my feet!

Talking about my period used to seem weird and gross, not to mention embarrassing. Now when I tell people about The DivaCup they tend to scrunch up their face and recite how “gross that must be”. The truth is that The DivaCup is the complete opposite of gross, it’s clean, comfortable, and has literally “no strings attached”. Hey, toxic shock syndrome tampons I’m looking at you!

You deserve to feel like a Diva too! Don’t wait 2 years like I did to give The DivaCup a try!

Stephanie-D-3Stephanie D.

I am an active person who is passionate about holistic health, nutrition, and minimizing my impact on this planet.  When I’m not in the kitchen dreaming up healthy organic meals you’ll find me in a yoga pose or on top of a mountain enjoying the view (and fresh air).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Research Opportunities and The DivaCup

PrintA few weeks ago, The Diva Education Team had the opportunity to visit The Feinstein Institute for Medical Research in Long Island, New York. Diva International Inc. has committed to provide menstrual cups for the Feinstein institute’s ROSE Study (Research OutSmarts Endometriosis) in an effort to help advance the care and knowledge of a disease that affects 1 in 10 women.

You may be wondering: What role does The DivaCup play in all of this?

One element of the study includes asking participants to provide a sample of menstrual flow through the use of The DivaCup. The DivaCup easily collects flow, is super comfortable and if women choose, can be used as their preferred femcare option after they’ve submitted the sample.

For those not familiar with endometriosis, approximately 5.5 million women and girls suffer from endometriosis in North America alone. Endometriosis occurs when the endometrium, the tissue that lines the uterus and is shed every month, grows outside of the uterus on other organs or structures in the body. Symptoms can range from painful menstrual cramps to incapacitating abdominal and pelvic pain and infertility. While the severity of endometriosis varies, the more extensive forms of the disorder can cause severe pain and disability. In addition, approximately 40% of infertility is associated with endometriosis.

Pink science equipment microscopeThe team at the Feinstein Institute are welcoming and enthusiastic about the work they are doing. Everyone we met was positive about the study and thankful to have the opportunity to play a part in the research. Bringing years of research and experience together, the team is diverse, dynamic and excited for what can be achieved through the aid of The DivaCup. We met with Peter K. Gregersen, MD and Christine Metz, PhD  the lead investigators on the study, along with the researchers, nurses and medical school interns.  We got to tour the lab (where we saw some fascinating cell samples in the microscope collected from menstrual flow using the DivaCup) and had the opportunity to talk through the many advances the team has already made in the study.

All in all, the trip was both inspiring and educational.

The goal of the ROSE study, which has received funding from the Endometriosis Foundation of America, founded by Dr. Tamer Seckin, is to investigate the cause of endometriosis and bring improved diagnostics and treatments for women living with the disease.

Current diagnosis relies on pelvic exams and ultrasound imaging coupled with laparoscopic surgery. Women with more severe endometriosis often require surgical intervention to relieve symptoms and it is not uncommon for a woman to require repeat surgery. Hormone treatments may be effective in many women, but can have unpleasant side effects. Improved diagnostic methods and better tolerated and more effective medical therapies are needed.

Researchers involved in ROSE are using several approaches to study endometriosis. These include efforts to better understand the genetic basis of the disease and relate this what is occurring at the cellular level in the disease, with particular emphasis on the role of stem cells and the immune system.

They are receiving great feedback and response, but the study is hoping to receive hundreds of samples each year and needs your help! Women both living with and living without endometriosis in both Canada and the United States can participate in the ROSE study to help find answers for those who are suffering.

To learn more about getting involved visit the ROSE Study webpage.

 

Feinstein Empowering®The Feinstein Institute for Medical Research
Headquartered in Manhasset, NY, The Feinstein Institute for Medical Research is home to international scientific leaders in many areas including Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease, psychiatric disorders, rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, sepsis, human genetics, pulmonary hypertension, leukemia, neuroimmunology, and medicinal chemistry. The Feinstein Institute, part of the North Shore-LIJ Health System, ranks in the top 6th percentile of all National Institutes of Health grants awarded to research centers. For more information, visit www.FeinsteinInstitute.org.